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The summer 11-year-old Violet expects to be dead and dull turns out to be just the opposite when she finally meets the black grandmother she never knew. Starting with the appealing honey-colored face on the cover, this coming-of-age book directly addresses the issue of race: how it feels to be a bi-racial child. Moving and affirmative. 10-14?, for us, but this is a true 8-12 book. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs
We never had the opportunity to meet Giantess George. She was a giant tortoise who lived one million years ago. We did, however, have the rare honor of living at the same time as her descendant Lonesome George. He was the last of his species as no mate for him could be found, and their story is fervidly presented here. It begs the question: "Did giant tortoise necks and shells evolve to meet their needs?" Evolution, Charles Darwin, science and history all rolled into one masterfully illustrated story. Seven to Ten. Anne Womack
Sometimes the "odd man out" may be the perfect fit. Ginger wants to invite all the girls in her class to her birthday party, except Lyla Browning. Lyla is so WEIRD. She carries a magnifying glass with her everywhere she goes. Upon further inspection, Ginger discovers that Lyla is actually pretty interesting. The simple childlike illustrations belie the deeper message. Up to Seven. Anne Womack
With rhyme that reads like conversation (and includes such fun word as Whoopee, dashing, twit) and illustrations that help tell the tale (in terms of who is the most interesting and lively character)we meet a princess who does not want to trade one tower for another (in terms of marriage) but rather book a flight on Dragon Air. Lots of appeal here for independent little girls who love adventure and mischief. Up to Seven.
This is a fun book to read end to end or pick and choose the pages that interest you. The illustrations are bright and fun. They complement the text and draw the reader in. Fun facts about animals that come in all shapes and sizes. Seven to Ten. Karen Sullivan
One of last year's Newbery honor winners makes for a listening pleasure. Part historical fiction, part mystery and all joy is this story set in Placid, Wisconsin during 1871. When Agatha runs away and the sheriff brings her back- in a casket- her sister Georgie doesn't buy it and decides to go looking for her. A spunky heroine well voiced by Tara Sands makes for full family listening delight. Maria E. Gentle Ages 10+ Audiobook
Injustice times 50! The Port Chicago 50, a group of African-American young men who refused to return to the bomb loading dock at Port Chicago after a horrible explosion that killed over 300 and hurt 400 more is a piece of history that has been burried for many years. This captivating story comes to life in this narration by Dominic Hofflman. It feels as if a great historian is telling you a piece of history that you were unaware of. Eventhough you don't see the photographs which are included in the book the story is still complete and rewarding to its listeners. Maria E. Gentle Ages 10+ (Audiobook)